2008. 7.11 NOW PLAYINGRed Cliff War (15)
Action/ 123 min/ English
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Charlie Bartlett (R)
Drama, Comedy/ 97min/ English
Having been kicked out of a private prep high school, Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is sent to a much more liberal public school. On his first day of school he is teased and beaten up by the school bullies.
But Charlie soon understands the school hierarchy and fits himself in as the resident bathroom “psychiatrist.” As he begins to hear his fellow classmates’ problems and occasionally hands out prescription drugs, he becomes the topic of everyone’s conversation.
Having all of his students, including his dear daughter Susan (Kat Dennings) falling for Charlie’s charms, Principal Gardner (Robert Downey Jr.) decides to find out Charlie’s secret.
Drama, Comedy/ 107min/ English
Les (Steve Buscemi) is a cranky self-loathing New Yorker who makes a living by being a paparazzo photographer. One day he meets Toby (Michael Pitt), a super poor movie star wanna-be, and takes him in as a new assistant.
But an exclusive party turns Toby’s squalid life completely upside down. He meets a movie casting director and a pop star, K’harma (Alison Lohman), who later becomes his celebrity girlfriend.
Bitter and annoyed by his assistant’s sudden rush of luck, Les decides to stalk Toby. Toby enjoys his dream-like living, completely oblivious to Les’s plan that could bring his career to an abrupt half.
Horror/ 78min/ Spanish, English
The ambitious television documentary reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman are on a mission to film a heroic rescue scene by firefighters. During the night shift, the crew receives a call to rescue an elderly woman trapped in her apartment. They hurry down to the scene, only to find a crazy and aggressive old lady screaming out of control.
Then the crew begins to act weird inside the apartment, as though they’ve been infected by some virus. The rest, who are still safe from the virus, frantically try to escape from the building, but all means of communication are cut off. The only thing running properly is the camera that Angela and the cameraman brought for their documentary.
The Counterfeiter (Die Falscher) (15)
Drama, Crime / 98 min. / English
Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is enjoying his golden days as the world’s best counterfeiter, only to get arrested by a police officer, Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow).
Things get worse when World War II begins, and he’s sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. His Nazi captors, however, soon learn of his painting and drawing skills and give him slightly better living conditions in exchange for drawing their portraits.
After several years, Herzog, now a Nazi leader, and some prisoners decide to take on a massive counterfeit project: Operation Bernhard. Herzog and his team must decide between helping the Nazis or death. Based on a true story.
Knock (The Strangers) (15)
Horror, Thriller / 85 min. / English
When Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman), a young couple, attend a friend’s wedding, they decide to make a weekend getaway of the trip. But once they arrive at their secluded vacation home, the two are tired and cranky and find themselves at loose ends.
Suddenly, they hear a very loud knock at the door. It turns out to be a troubled girl. Thinking that she’s lost, Kristen and James send her away. But as the night wears on, increasingly creepy events begin to spook the couple, turning their night into a terrifying case of home invasion.
Fast Food Nation (R)
Drama / 122 min. / English
Unlike “Super Size Me,” which targets the unhealthy effects of burgers, “Fast Food Nation” takes on the entire fast food industry. The film is a fiction piece based on Eric Schlosser’s best-selling expose.
Mickey’s Fast Food restaurant chain’s best-selling item is a burger called The Big One. One day Don Henderson, a Mickey’s corporate marketer, finds out that spoiled and contaminated meat is processed into patties for The Big One.
Soon he finds out more about the company’s “meaty” dark secrets than he would have ever liked to know. As unexpected accidents follow, the lives of the illegal immigrant workers in the meat-packing industry change dramatically.
Cameos by Avril Lavigne, Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Willis keep the narrative fresh and engaging. This movie just might make the audience become more cautious eaters.
Broken English (15)
Romance, Drama, Comedy / 93 min. / English
Nora (Parker Posey) is a good-looking girl who just can’t seem to get a date. This is especially depressing, seeing as nearly everyone around her is in a relationship. When Nora is really feeling down in the dumps, however, salvation comes in the form of a handsome, charming Frenchman, Julien (Melvin Poupaud).
But when Julien asks her to run away to Paris with him, Nora blows it. After some introspection, she realizes that in terms of her love life, it’s now or never. So she heads to Paris to find Julien and grab life by the horns.